A warm summer breeze blows through as you wrap up an afternoon on the boat. You pull into your slip, dock and hop off.
A few feet away, your neighbors are getting into their boat for an early evening jaunt. As you make your way up the newly paved path and into the bright lobby of your building, you take the elevator upstairs to a three-bedroom loft, where you prepare dinner in an open-concept kitchen and enjoy the sunset as it spills into the dining area. You end the day downstairs in your private yacht club-style entertaining space, having drinks with friends. You plan to do it all again tomorrow.
This is the life easily envisioned when walking through the Boat House Lofts at 123 Sterling Avenue in Greenport, a new luxury apartment complex made for waterfront living. With 17 apartments — five of them have been set aside as affordable units — the Boat House Lofts are especially attractive to boat owners, as each of the 12 market-rate units comes with its own boat slip. The market-rate apartments also have their own yacht club space on the first floor of the three-story building, which owners can customize to their liking.
The property has a history as a fish canning facility, said real estate agent Eric Elkin of Compass, and was designed to be modern with a bit of a nod to its industrial past. It’s within short walking distance to the village, which has attracted potential buyers.
“It’s a unique lifestyle proposition,” said Elkin, who is representing the property along with his wife Bridget. “Especially if you value the walkability of Greenport, the convenience of something that’s modern, new and low maintenance.”
“Greenport village has a certain authenticity to it that’s becoming harder to find on the East End,” added Ms. Elkin. “We’re finding that people really like village living,”
Each of the apartments at 123 Sterling are slightly different from one another. While they’re all drenched in natural light, with beautiful wood floors and at least one-and-a-half bathrooms, the layouts are slightly varied. There are one, two and three-bedroom units depending on the buyer’s needs. There’s a laundry room in every apartment. Each unit’s balcony overlooks the water.
And the yacht club rooms are just so dreamy. The possibilities are basically endless — home theater, library, entertaining space, art studio, even a simple storage area. They’re also customizable — you can add a wall or two, subject to board approval.
It’s all so lovely you might never want to leave — but don’t forget Front Street is just blocks away. The Elkins, who also live in Greenport, love the area.
“What’s interesting about the Greenport village market is that often the client is somebody who has experienced the village and decided they want to have that versus the rest of the North Fork,” Ms. Elkin said. “It’s very specific. This is different, in a sense. A lot of the people [who have expressed interest] are used to condo life. Maybe they have a condo in Florida or even western Suffolk.”
Mr. Elkin emphasized the boating element.
“Ultimately, there’s nobody that’s given this serious consideration that isn’t on some level intrigued by boats,” he said.
Potential buyers will also be attracted to the idea of living on the North Fork and not having to worry about upkeep.
“There’s common charges that take care of everything except electric,” said Ms. Elkin, who added that maintenance staff is always available.
Market-rate apartments also come with a private parking garage, the only one in the area. The market-rate apartments are going for between $1.45 million and $2.15 million.
“Because condos are such a unique and underserved real estate on the East End, we’re getting people who are looking specifically for that,” Mr. Elkin said. “Greenport is a fantastic lifestyle. We’ve chosen to make the village our home for our family. These apartments are a perfect blend of North Fork living with a little bit of urban convenience.”